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Doctoral Program in Engineering and Industrial Management

Program objectives and structure


Application form and requirements

Sources of funding

Information about life at Porto

Additional information


Program objectives and structure

The main objective of the Doctoral Program in Industrial Engineering and Management (PRODEGI) is to provide students with set of competencies, skills and research methods, along with the developmentof skills to conceive, design, adapt and produce an intensive research, having in mind quality, requirements and integrity standards inherent to the academic activity, so that they can develop innovative research work in the field of Industrial Engineering and Management.

More specifically, this doctoral program aims at providing the students with the necessary skills in order for them to:

  • Develop new approach methods and techniques for decision-making processes, which answer to the present and the future needs of the organisations.
  • Adapting existing methods and techniques of Industrial Engineering and Management to solve new problems in new organisational environments.
  • Making comparative studies of methods or techniques of Industrial Engineering and Management, which allow measuring their impact on the organisations.

The program comprises a doctoral course (no degree granted) corresponding to 60 ECTS that prepares students, methodologically and scientifically, for a scientific thesis, corresponding to 120 ECTS and that grants the degree.

The first two semesters include an annual mandatory course intended for the preparation and defence of the thesis theme and project, supervised by a teacher tutor that is assigned to the student when he/she is admitted into the programme. There are also 2 mandatory courses meant to provide the students with the basic competencies and skills necessary to develop research work. The remaining courses are optional and chosen by the student together with the tutor, aiming at complementing and deepening specific knowledge within the program’s area where the student will develop his/her research work and doctoral thesis. Students are encouraged to defend their thesis theme/project, which concludes the curricular part of the program, between 1 year and 1 and half years after enrolment. At that moment, the supervisor is formally assigned and the remaining 120 ECTS (2 years) are integrally spent with the research work that will lead to the thesis’ writing and defence.

The research strategy adopted by PRODEGI is clearly one of using theoretical study applied to real and challenging enterprise’s problems. The research results should be of the appropriate quality for publication in internationally refereed journals and for presentation in international research oriented conferences.

Desirably, the research projects will be associated with host institutions, namely industrial and service enterprises, to which the issues under research are considered important, in terms of innovation.

Fields of Specialization


Application form and requirements

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to contact, before the formal application, the Program Director, through the email prodegi@fe.up.pt. Please, provide (1) a CV, with your academic track-record and, if applicable, professional experience; (2) a motivation letter; (3) optional: a scientific research report, including copies of research papers delivered, presented, published or accepted for presentation in scientific journals, conferences or similar events; (4) optional: reference letters.

A master degree or legally equivalent is required to enroll in the program. Exceptionally, a candidate without a master degree may be accepted, if presents an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the program's scientific committee as an evidence of capacity of the candidate to complete the program.

Fluency in English, spoken and written, is required.

Formal applications are mandatory submitted through the web application (the pre-application does not replace the formal application through the web system as soon as an application period opens).


Sources of funding:

Applications for financial support, on a very competitive basis, may be made for studentships from the following organizations or programs:

  • FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia: Bolsas de Doutoramento (for any candidate) or Bolsas de Doutoramento em Empresas (for candidates that are, or will be, working in companies in Portugal), Bolsas FCT.


Information about life at Porto (accommodation, cost of living, etc.)

Information about life at the city Porto and in its University, including:

  • What to do before and after the arrival
  • Cost of Living
  • Banking Services
  • Student Unions
  • Cultural Activities

is available at the University of Porto site and at the Faculty of Engineering candidate web portal.


PRODEGI Secretariat

General information

Official Code: 5655
Director: Maria Antónia Carravilla
Assistant Director: Bernardo Almada Lobo
Acronym: PRODEGI
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 3 Years

Study Plan


  • Doctorate in Engineering and Industrial Management (180 ECTS credits)
  • Advanced Studies (3rd cycle) in Engineering and Industrial Management (60 ECTS credits)

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